Updated: Trump Approves Cooper’s Request for FEMA Public Assistance

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President Donald Trump has approved Governor Roy Cooper’s Sept. 13 request for FEMA aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian. Carteret is among the counties approved.

The approval allows for governments and non-profit organizations to request public assistance with debris removal and emergency work and the repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.

The town of Beaufort arranged for debris removal directly after the storm, despite the uncertainty of FEMA help. The town will now be able to request reimbursement for cleanup costs.

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“We are very pleased the President has approved FEMA Public Assistance funding for those counties affected by Hurricane Dorianm” Town Manager John Day said.

“We are also very appreciative of Governor Cooper’s efforts to help secure this financial assistance, which is so important to those local governments and communities that suffered damage.”

As of Monday afternoon, the county has not announced whether or not it will take advantage of the FEMA approval, or whether it will pick up debris in unincorporated areas of the county.

County Chair Mark Mansfield issued a statement to The Beacon Friday:

“I am very thankful the State and Federal government are going to help. It is frustrating how long the process takes, but I am happy for Down East Carteret and Ocracoke. This will hopefully help with the after-effects of Hurricane Dorian.”

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The Beacon has also reached out to Assistant County Manager Gene Foxworth for information on whether or not the county plans to apply for debris or other reimbursement.

“North Carolina’s coastal communities – particularly Ocracoke and those on the Outer Banks – were hit hard by Hurricane Dorian and it’s critical that they have access to FEMA Public Assistance and the federal resources necessary to recover” Cooper said.

“This is a positive step and we continue to urge our federal partners and North Carolina’s congressional delegation to work to expedite approval of our request for Individual Assistance for families whose homes were destroyed as well.”

Cooper has also requested individual assistance from FEMA, but that request has not yet been approved. Individual assistance allows for private individuals to request financial help for hurricane damages, disaster food stamps and small business loans.

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Other county’s eligible for aid include Brunswick, Craven, Currituck, Dare, Duplin, Hyde, Jones, New Hanover, Pamlico, Pender, Sampson, Tyrrell, and Washington.